Bylaw Enforcement Operation Results in Closure of Over 20 Businesses
In a recent bylaw enforcement operation, law enforcement departments’ officers of the City’s Region F targeted illegal street traders, illegal tuck shops, problematic properties, illegal buildings, illegal mechanics, and non-compliant businesses in Yeoville and Bellevue East. Over two days, officers inspected 19 properties and issued 27 infringement notices to companies violating municipal bylaws. As a result, seven tuck shops had to close for violating environmental health and emergency management bylaws. Additionally, officers forced four illegal spaza shops, five food establishments, one butchery, and one entertainment joint to close.
Bylaw Enforcement Operation Brings Illegal Street Traders to Heel
One of the primary focuses of the operation was to clamp down on illegal street traders who have been ignoring bylaws and operating without the necessary permits. In total, authorities arrested 17 of them and confiscated their goods. Authorities will prosecute the traders under the relevant bylaws.
Problematic Properties Put on Notice
In addition to targeting illegal businesses, the operation also aimed to address neglected properties and those that criminals use. As part of the operation, authorities demolished two empty buildings that operated as drug dens. In addition, officers issued three other properties with compliance notices ordering the owners to clean up their properties within 14 days or face further legal action.
The bylaw enforcement operation in Yeoville and Bellevue East closed over 20 illegal businesses or those that violated municipal bylaws. The businesses targeted included illegal street traders, tuck shops, food establishments, entertainment joints, and mechanics. The operation also addressed neglected properties and those that criminals use. For example, authorities demolished two empty buildings that operated as drug dens as part of the effort to clean up these communities. In the future, officers issued three other properties with compliance notices ordering the owners to clean up their properties within 14 days or face further legal action.
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